What is counselling and when do you need it? - What's Your Problem

What is counselling and when do you need it?

In general people don’t consider a need for counselling until they are facing a struggle where their ways of responding are no longer effective. Many people also believe that counselling or psychotherapy is an admission of failure, weakness or to be reserved for times of crisis. It’s true that you may choose to seek counselling when you are feeling stuck, anxious or overwhelmed, but did you know that counselling can help with positive events such as reaching your full potential and helping to support your continued well-being?

So if you have a belief that going to counselling is admitting weakness this is simply not the case, it’s a brave step that can help you to positively transform your life. So whether you are considering counselling due to a negative situation in your life, which you would like some support with or because you want to make some continued positive improvements, then counselling services are for you.

We all have areas of our mind, the ways in which we work and the things that drive or impact us that we would like to have a better understanding of and counselling can help with all of these things. As we mentioned above, counselling supports continued growth and can enable us to develop a confident awareness of who we are and how we relate to others. In fact, similarly to exercise and diet, it can be part of an ongoing well-being plan that helps you avoid crisis in the future and improve the quality of your life. The changes that we choose to make as a result of counselling are not just to overcome short term issues, they can last a life time!

What are the benefits of counselling?

The benefits of counselling are as wide-ranging as they are long-lasting. Offering a range of positive benefits, counselling can bring clarity of mind, assertive confidence and an improved sense of direction. It is a valuable investment in your emotional, physical and mental health. A positive sense of well-being helps us to cope with challenges that arise and influences how we think, feel and see the world around us. This is what counselling can help with.

Counselling can provide a safe space to explore thoughts, choices and feelings – it can help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings and make sense of them
  • Understand the source of your current beliefs and choices
  • Build self-confidence to trust in yourself, your intuition and your decision making
  • Live authentically by being yourself, not who you think you ‘should’ be or who you are told you should be
  • Develop positive coping strategies for problematic times
  • Improve knowledge and awareness
  • Understand and have more control over unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour
  • Develop the tools and skills to cope with future challenges
  • Improve your sense of well-being and resilience
  • Improve the quality of relationships with others and understand effective ways of relating to others
  • Be aware of your needs and how to meet them effectively.

As you can see counselling is there to help you in times of struggle, but it can also support continued well-being and improvement. Counselling can be an expensive investment, but our subsidised, low cost service provides financially accessible counselling for those who are unable to access current NHS provisions. If you would like to talk to us about our counselling services, please contact us.

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What’s your problem was set up to make the lives of people in Torbay easier. We offer confidential, affordable help and support with any problem, big or small and our main goal is to solve the problem so that your quality of life is improved.

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